Gibbons Grinling - (Sculptor Wood Carver) Glossary of Antique Terms G

Gibbons, Grinling - (Sculptor, Wood Carver) (1648-1720) Sculptor and wood-carver, born in Holland but emigrated to England in reign of Charles II; was employed in the royal palaces of Windsor, Whitehall and Kensington and other great houses. He was noted for his ornate carving-wreaths, swags, pendants, elaborate acanthus leaves, cherubs' heads, animals and other figures, all with extreme delicacy of touch. Some of his best work may be seen in the choir-stalls of St Paul's.


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